Thanksgiving is a holiday that is popular for its assortment of food options, many of which are not particularly healthy. Making these smart food choices will help keep your gums and teeth stay healthy and happy this season.
Keep in mind these healthy Thanksgiving tips:
From pumpkin pies loaded with whipped cream to sweet potatoes covered in marshmallow, Thanksgiving can be heaven-sent for those with a sweet tooth. However, keep in mind that bacteria loves sugar, and bacteria creates cavities. A good alternative for sugar would be erythritol or xylitol. And remember to drink water to wash the sugar from your mouth. The more water you drink, the healthier your mouth will be!
Bacteria also loves stuffing and cornbread. Your body converts these popular starches into sugar, and bacteria feeds on them. So, try to reduce your portions of starches this holiday season and replace them with more veggies and protein.
As much as possible, try to avoid these. Cranberry sauce, in particular, can wreak havoc on your teeth. That mouthwatering pecan pie and gravy are also terrible for your teeth. If you must indulge, be sure to rinse your mouth with a lot of water.
It is nice to socialize with family while drinking a warm cup of coffee or sipping on a glass of wine. However, do your best to limit these drinks, and always drink a glass of water afterwards. Both of these drinks are acidic and they have the ability to stain your teeth.
They are more than just a side dish – they are actually great for your teeth! Vegetables are rich in fiber and have vitamins and minerals that keep your gums and teeth healthy. Chewing on them will also promote saliva production, which is great for your mouth too!
You may have existing dental issues that you are not aware of, and they can be exacerbated by bingeing on unhealthy Thanksgiving foods. Don’t forget to make an appointment to have your teeth checked and cleaned out. This way, your dentist might catch any potential problems early on.
Your Dallas dentist hopes that healthy gums and teeth made it to your list of things to be grateful for this season! At Dallas Dental Wellness, we are thankful for all our patients. If you need us, we are just one call away.